ST. LOUIS -- On a play where there was plenty of confusion and some chaos, it appears Donovan Solano did the right thing in the ninth inning of the Marlins' 3-2 loss on Friday to the Cardinals.
With the bases loaded against closer Trevor Rosenthal, Christian Yelich lifted a long fly to left-center. Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday ran into the gap, and he was unable to hold onto the ball, which dropped behind him.
Marcell Ozuna, who was on third, scored easily. But Solano went back to tag up at second, thinking the ball may be caught. Reed Johnson, on first, was at second as Solano retreated. Johnson urged Solano to advance. Yelich, meanwhile, thinking double, was halfway to second before he headed back to first.
When the play sorted itself out, Solano went to third, Johnson was on second and Yelich on first. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny issued a replay challenge, seeing if Johnson had passed Solano on the basepaths. The ruling on the field, however, was confirmed.
Johnson on Saturday broke down the play.
"Solano, in his situation, when you're on second base with nobody out, on a ball in the air, you're supposed to tag," Johnson said. "With one out, you pretty much get as far as you can. With no outs, he made the right decision."
What happened from Solano's standpoint is he was shielded by Holliday and couldn't tell if the ball was caught. Johnson, from his vantage point, saw the ball drop.
"I think where Solano was, he was kind of blocked out by Holliday's body, because he kind of slid and it fell," Johnson said. "I saw it kick away from him. I was telling him, 'Go, go, go! You don't have to come back and tag.'"
If Solano had kept going, Yelich would have had a two-run double, and Miami would have had second and third with no outs. The score would have been 3-2 for Ed Lucas, who eventually struck out. Giancarlo Stanton followed, drawing a bases-loaded walk, making it 3-2, and the game ended on Casey McGehee's 5-4-3 double play.
As for the Solano play, Johnson repeated: "It's the right play."
After record number of Marlins moves, more coming?
ST. LOUIS -- Injuries and necessities prompted the Marlins' front office to have a record-setting month of transactions in June.
The Marlins are braced to make more moves, if needed, before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
In June, Miami made 45 transactions, blowing away the previous in-season month. In May 2009, the club made 30 moves.
"I don't ever look at the number of transactions," president of baseball operations Michael Hill said before the Marlins embarked on their nine-game road trip. "We've had so many things go on, and you knew it was a lot. We've had injuries, guys on the DL, off the DL, and various ups and downs."
A couple of more moves are expected in the next couple of days. Right-hander Tom Koehler will be coming off the paternity list and starting on Monday at Arizona. Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (right triceps strain) is scheduled to come off the DL in the next couple of days. The hope is he will be ready for Monday.
Some moves also could be made in the form of trades.
Miami is in the market for starting pitching, and perhaps a second baseman.
Derek Dietrich is on the disabled list with a right wrist strain, and Rafael Furcal (left hamstring) is out for an extended period.
On the trade front, Tampa Bay infielder Ben Zobrist is high on a number of teams' lists. Miami would be a nice fit, but the asking price is a top prospect for the former All-Star.
The Marlins have had internal discussions about Emilio Bonifacio of the Cubs, but there are questions about his defense at second base right now. Dan Uggla of the Braves and Arizona's Aaron Hill are other potential fits.
• Alberto Guerrero from Panama reached agreement with the Marlins. The international deal with the 16-year-old is worth $300,000 with a $40,000 scholarship.
• Hechavarria will play his second-rehab assignment game for Class A Jupiter on Saturday. Hechavarria (right triceps strain) is expected to join the team in Arizona on Monday.